Sunday, September 18, 2011

Msg: National Back to Church Sunday

   Last year at this time we began doing things differently as a church. We had an event last fall called "The Unveiling" where we explored the idea of God becoming available to everyone when the curtain (veil) in the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom. As a reminder, we gave everyone a piece of cloth and together tore them in two to remember what God had done for us. We've been know to give out other gifts as well, even money.
   On this Sunday, we gave everyone at Park a copy of the Gospel of Mark from the new 2010 NIV translation. Bibles make great gifts, just not for me - I have plenty! In fact, I don't use paper bibles that much anymore, I'm a digital kind of guy. If you're like me, three great resources to check out are: Bible ExplorerE-Sword, and YouVersion. I use each in a different way. You should try them out.
   The reason we gave out the Gospel of Mark is because we are about to launch into a ten week study of the life of Jesus as recorded in Mark. The title for the series is "On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!" We will also be studying the same opening 10 chapters of Mark together in Growth Groups throughout the week. Mark is great for studying because it is action packed with what Jesus did during the 3 1/2 years of his public ministry.
   Today as a preview, we are looking at the first 20 verses of Mark chapter 1. It goes something like this:

  • On Your Mark: John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus, teaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
  • Get Set: Jesus is baptized by John and then is tempted by Satan in the wilderness
  • Go: Jesus begins sharing the gospel message and calling people to leave their old life and follow him.
We hope to see you along for the adventure. Now on your mark, get set, Go!

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